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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
The Find menu at the top of the Organizer offers lots of options for searching for files in the Organizer. Let's take a look at some of these options. The first, Set Date Range allows me to find files that I captured within a certain date range. If I click that option, I get this alert, which is telling me that I can't use this option here in Folder Location view. So I'm going to click Yes, and that automatically switches me back to Thumbnail view in which I can see all of the thumbnails in my Organizer. Now here I can type in a range of dates.
So I'm going to type in for the year 2009, I will leave month and day at January 1, and here I'll also type in 2009 and month, I change to January and I'll leave day at January 31. So I am looking for files that were captured between January 1 and January 31, 2009. I'll click OK and in a moment, Elements return the answer to my search. Now I am going to go back up to the Find menu and if I want to clear this search, I will clear the date range and all of the thumbnails are now back in view.
Back in the Find menu, I can also find by file name. So if I want to see all photos in this Organizer catalog that contain the word flag, I will type that and click OK. To go back to see all of the photo thumbnails, I'll click Show All. Back in the Find menu, there are some interesting options here. I can search by history, in other words, by import date, by e-mail recipient, by print date, by export date and more. I can also search by media type; you may remember that I mentioned earlier that the Organizer can include not only photographs, but also video clips, audio clips, projects that you make here in Elements, like books and calendars, as well as PDF files, and items with audio captions.
So I can search for any of those media types. Let's say I want to see all the audio clips in this catalog, that brings up this alert reminding me that by default, I can't see audio clips in the media browser, and that I hadn't turned on that option, but that's okay, it's telling me, that for purposes of this search it will ignore that choice. So I will click OK, and now I can see thumbnails for each of the audio clips in this catalog. I will click Show All, and again, I will see all of my photo thumbnails. I can also search for items that don't have something.
For example, all items in the catalog that contains an unknown date or time or all items in the catalog that don't have a keyword tag or items that I haven't included yet in any album. And perhaps most powerful option of all here is to Find by Details. I am going to select that, and in this dialog box, I can set up rules to search by, this is similar to setting up rules for Smart Albums. Here I can search by lots of different criteria, by inclusion in Albums, Keyword Tags, Rating, Camera Make, model, Capture Date.
And if I go down further by metadata captured by my camera when I took these photos, Shutter Speed, F-Stop, Film Speed, the Orientation of the photo, whether its landscape or portrait, File Type and more. So let's say that I want to see all of the portrait or vertical photos in my catalog that are also JPEGs. I'll go to the Orientation option here and I will set the second menu to Portrait. So I am looking for photos whose orientation is portrait, then I will click the Plus sign and I will add another rule, which is I also want those photos to be of the File Type JPEG, and I want to be sure that all of the following search criteria is the selected option.
If I want to, I can save this search criteria as a Smart Album, so that in the future if I bring more photos into this catalog that are both portrait and orientation and JPEG in file type, they'll automatically be included in this Smart Album that I am creating. So I will click Save this Search Criteria as Smart Album, I'll call this Portrait and JPEG, and I will click Search. Here are the vertical JPEG's responsive to that search, and here in the Album's panel is my new Portrait JPEG Smart Album.
So those are some of the options you can take advantage of from here in the Find menu in the Organizer.
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